Broken Shoe Shiner

Pastis, Bénédictine, Aperol, Egg white, Pineapple juice, Lemon juice, Rose water
Dry shake, shake with ice, strain, cocktail glass, garnish with 9 drops of rose water. Makes two.
Substitute other floral flavor for rose water, such as Crème de Violette. Some may prefer a touch more lemon.
Cocktail summary
Created byStephen Cole, Violet Hour, Chicago, IL
AuthenticityAuthentic recipe
ReferenceBeta Cocktails
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Dan on 06/06/2010
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This exact recipe is posted on and is called "Rimbaud's Left Hand." Any background on which name is more authentic?

Dan's picture

That is odd. The recipe came directly from the first edition of Rogue Cocktails -- now renamed Beta Cocktails. The blurb from the first edition is reproduced in this blog post by Fred Yarm on Cocktail Virgin Slut, along with some interesting backstory.

The only difference I see in the two recipes is that the one from Rogue Cocktails specifies merely "Pernod," but which we assume Stephen means Pernod brand pastis. Rimbaud's Left Hand on specifies "Pernod Absinthe." This is a quite different from the sweet low-alcohol pastis of the Rogue Cocktails recipe. Interestingly, the photograph on the page is copyright Pernod Absinthe.

I wonder if Pernod modified the recipe when it introduced its Absinthe. This is mere speculation, of course. I will see if I can contact Stephen Cole and find out.

From other users

Nice. A bit sweet though. (3 stars)
Very good. Used Absinthe and Creme de Violette. A tad sweet and candy-like. Might be better with more Aperol and less pineapple and pernod. (4 stars)

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